As healthcare specialist, you will meet some of the most vulnerable people in our society. At Richmond, we strive to ensure you have the confidence, expertise and ability required to meet their needs.  

Through our training and apprenticeships programmes, we provide career progression pathways from entry level to senior management roles. We provide employers with the advice and guidance required to ensure organisational compliance, meeting regulation obligations while helping to develop a workforce development strategy that improves organisational performance. 

Career Progression Pathway in Adult Social Care


Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship Level 5: ST0008/APO1

A Leader in Adult Care has responsibility for managing community or residential based services. This role has a large element of leadership, whether with other care workers and networks or in leading the service itself. A successful apprentice will have met all the requirements. They have a responsibility to ensure the service is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led. They may be a registered manager of a service, unit, deputy or assistant manager. They will be responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance of the care given and the values and training of staff with established standards and regulations.

How does the EPA process for this apprenticeship Standard work? 

The EPA must be completed over a maximum total assessment time of two days, within a three-month period, after the apprentice has met the EPA gateway requirements. EPA must be conducted by an organisation approved to offer services against this standard, as selected by the employer, from the Education & Skills Funding Agency’s Register of End Point Assessment Organisations. The EPA consists of two distinct assessment methods:

  • Observation of Leadership
  • Professional discussion


It is a requirement for the learner to be able to demonstrate in both end point assessment methods, that throughout the course of the Apprenticeship, they have achieved the required knowledge but have also been able to put this into practice through the evidence of the skills and behaviours. Apprentices should demonstrate this through giving authentic examples of how they have applied these skills. Performance in the EPA will determine the apprenticeship grade of fail, pass or distinction.

Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Apprenticeship Level 4: ST0007

A Lead Practitioner has a greater depth of knowledge and expertise of particular conditions being experienced by the user of services. They will have specialist skills and knowledge in their area of responsibilities which will allow them to lead in areas such as care needs assessment, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and enablement, telecare and assistive technology.
They will be a coach and mentor to others and will have a role in assessing performance and quality of care delivery. Lead Practitioners in Adult Care may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings.

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.
For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.

How does the EPA process for this apprenticeship Standard work? 

The same two methods of End-Point Assessment are used for this standard: The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and the Professional Discussion (PD), but with the content elevated to match the level of the apprenticeship and the requirements of the job role. Apprentices will be tested through both assessments to see whether they have the expected knowledge, skills and behaviours. Apprentices will be graded as either pass, merit, distinction or fail. 

Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship Level 3: ST0006

The Lead Adult Care Worker standard (Level 3) is the next step up from the Adult Care Worker apprenticeship (Level 2). This apprenticeship is for those with “responsibility for providing supervision, front line leadership, guidance and direction for others, or working autonomously, exercising judgement and accountability.” Job titles may include Care Officer, Care Supervisor, Senior Care Worker, Supervising Care Worker and Senior Support Worker Industry recognised Apprenticeship Standard Functional; Skills in Math’s and English Personal development and wellbeing 

How does the EPA process for this apprenticeship Standard work? 

The same two methods of End-Point Assessment are used for this standard: The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and the Professional Discussion (PD), but with the content elevated to match the level of the apprenticeship and the requirements of the job role. Apprentices will be tested through both assessments to see whether they have the expected knowledge, skills and behaviours. Apprentices will be graded as either pass, merit, distinction or fail. 

Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship Level 2: ST0005

The Adult Care Worker standard (Level 2) is the entry-level apprenticeship for the health and social care sector. If you have apprentices on this standard, they are likely to be working as “front-line staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives.” Job titles may include Care Assistant, Care Worker, Support Worker, Home Care Support Worker, Learning Disability Support Worker or Mental Health Industry recognised Apprenticeship Standard Functional; Skills in Math’s and English Personal development and wellbeing 

How does the EPA process for this apprenticeship Standard work? 

Once an apprentice has completed their training for this apprenticeship, that’s when they begin End-Point Assessment. There are two methods of End-Point Assessment for this standard: The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and the Professional Discussion (PD). Both assessment methods are designed to ensure that the apprentice has demonstrated the required knowledge, skills and behaviours to pass the apprenticeship and can be graded – either pass, merit, or distinction – against their performance

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